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A diver surfaces from a dive in an area abundant with coral, removes his fins and finds redness, swelling and blisters beginning to show on his left ankle. He also experiences a stinging sensation on the same ankle.

A diver, following a dive to an area filled with marine life, notices a small bite pattern on his lower right leg and some stiffness; he also experiences difficulty swallowing, has a general weakness with slight numbness in the area of the bite.

A diver experiences pain, nausea and some swelling associated with a purple-and-black puncture wound in his left knee.

The common thread from each of the three injuries is that they likely came from contact with some form of hazardous marine life. Given similar circumstances with you or a dive buddy, would you be able to appropriately treat each injury?

Although seriously hazardous marine life injuries are rare, most divers experience minor discomfort from unintentional encounters with fire coral, jellyfish and other marine creatures at some point in their dive careers. Knowing how to reduce the possibility of these injuries helps you to reduce diver discomfort and pain.

The First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries program is designed to provide knowledge regarding specific types of marine creature injuries and the general first aid treatment for those injuries.

To successfully complete the DAN First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries course, participants must demonstrate skill and confidence providing first aid to injured divers who have simulated hazardous marine life injuries.

The nature and the scope of this course is limited to training divers and interested non-divers such as boat captains, water enthusiasts and non-diving family members to identify potential hazardous marine life, as well as to provide first aid for a hazardous marine animal injury and to prevent injuries caused by hazardous marine life.

This course does not provide training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or scuba diving rescue. The training exercises of this course presuppose that the ill or injured diver has already been brought to shore or is aboard the boat.


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01

Identify the 4 types of hazardous marine life injuries.


02

Name at least 5 venomous marine animals.


03

List 5 common warning signs of an envenomation.


04

Describe the appropriate first aid procedure for managing a venomous marine animal injury.


05

Name at least 3 aquatic animals that may bite a diver.


06

List 2 common warning signs of marine animal bite.


07

Describe the appropriate first aid procedure for managing a bite from a marine animal.


08

Name at least 3 marine animals that may cause irritations to the diver.


09

Describe at least 5 techniques or guidelines that reduce the risk of injury.


10

List at least 4 common warning signs of irritations.


11

Describe the appropriate first aid procedure for accidental contact with aquatic life.


12

Identify 2 common types of seafood poisonings.


13

Name at least 3 types of fish that can cause seafood poisoning.


14

List 3 common warning signs of seafood poisoning.


15

State the reason why evaluation by a medical professional is necessary when seafood poisoning is suspected.


16

Describe the appropriate first aid procedures for managing suspected seafood poisoning.


17

Perform a scene safety assessment.


18

List the steps in performing a scene safety assessment.


19

Assess the Airway, Breathing and Circulation (ABCs) of an injured diver.


20

Demonstrate a caring attitude toward a diver who becomes ill or injured.


21

Establish and maintain the Airway and Breathing (perform Rescue Breathing) for an injured diver.


22

Describe the importance of the using supplemental oxygen as a first aid measure for injured divers.


23

Demonstrate the techniques for controlling bleeding including direct pressure, elevation and the use of pressure dressings and pressure points.


24

Locate and demonstrate the use of pressure points to control external bleeding.


25

Apply dressings and bandages to manage wounds caused by hazardous marine life.


26

Demonstrate an ongoing assessment and manage shock.


27

Demonstrate the pressure immobilization technique.


28

List the components of an Emergency Assistance Plan.


This course should be taught as a four-hour module. The course instruction time varies depending upon many factors, including the number of students and their ability to process the educational components of the program.

Instructors desiring to include subjects or training beyond the course requirements may do so only before or following the course. Any additional training must not be required for completion of course requirements.


01

Knowledge Development (Lecture) = 1 Hour


02

Skills Development (Practice) = 3 Hours


$

$125


2017 PADI
COURSE DATES


Please, contact a Blue Horizons Training Consultant for details. Call to schedule your class today, or click the e-mail button, below.


Scuba Tune-Up classes are conducted every first Saturday of each month. Call to schedule your class, today or send us an e-mail.


Are you a certified diver who hasn’t been able to get in the water enough —too much work, not enough play?

Join us on the first Saturday of each month (excludes December and January) for $10 Bubbles and a Beer. For $10, any certified diver can join us in the pool. Tank is included. Don’t have your own gear yet? For another $10 you will get an entire scuba kit to use.

Cylinder and weights are included with first $10.

Right after the event, we will head to one of the local watering holes/restaurants to grab a beer, some food & hang out. The restaurant will be a family-friendly establishment, welcoming those who can drink beer, as well as those who can only drink root beer. For those who want to drink beer, proper ID and legal age are required.

Come as often as you like; we would love to see you. Blowing bubbles is always a great time, even if it’s just in the pool. Please call to sign up so we know how many are coming.

610-558-1101

Event costs include scuba-related activities, only.


Private dates are available for all courses — by appointment.

OPEN WATER DIVER CONFINED

JUN

10-11

JUL

08-09

AUG

12-13

SEP

09-10

OCT

14-15

NOV

11-12

DEC

09-10

OPEN WATER CERTIFICATION

JUN

17-18

JUL

15-16

AUG

19-20

SEP

16-17

OCT

21-22

NOV

18-19

NOV

25

ADVANCED
OPEN WATER

JUN

17-18

JUL

15-16

AUG

19-20

SEP

16-17

OCT

21-22

NOV

18-19

NOV

25

SPECIALTY
DIVER COURSES

JUN

23-25

TEC LEVEL 1

JUN

24-25

ADV/SPEC

JUL

22-23

ADV/SPEC

AUG

25-27 (NC)

WRECK

AUG

26-27

ADV/SPEC

SEP

22-24

Tec Deep

SEP

22-24

Tec Trimix

SEP

23-24

ADV/SPEC

OCT

28-29

ADV/SPEC

2017 PADI
PRO DATES


Now enrolling.


Please, contact our Blue Horizons Course Director's Office for details, or click the e-mail button, below.

INSTRUCTOR
COURSES

JUN

02

OWSI

JUN

03-04

PADI IE

JUN

16-18

SPECIALTY

JUN

30-JUL 02

AI

JUL

21-23

OWSI

AUG

18

OWSI

AUG

19-20

PADI IE

SEP

01-03

AI

SEP

21-23

OWSI

OCT

06-08

OWSI

OCT

20

OWSI

OCT

21-22

PADI IE

 

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